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Phyllis Illene McDonald, 79, of 4000 Dublin Ave. in Midland, passed peacefully to Jesus, surrounded by her family, on November 11, 2019.

She was born September 14, 1940 in Midland. She attended St. Brigid’s and Midland Public Schools and graduated from Midland High School in 1958.

She married Charles Henry McDonald of Rosebush on July 1, 1961 and raised 5 children. She worked at the Midland Hospital, Dow Chemical Corporation and the Midland Public Schools from where she retired in 2002. In her retirement she and her husband enjoyed their winters in Arizona and volunteering for the Midland Senior Services doing Meals on Wheels for over 17 years. She also was a girl scout leader early on and volunteered at the Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center in the gift shop.

She leaves her husband Charles Henry, her sons and their spouses Charles Patrick (Tammy), John Michael (Denise), and Paul Matthew (Traci) McDonald, her daughter and husband Barbara Ann (Vic) Camp, 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. In addition, she leaves her younger sister Patricia Aeschliman.

She is pre-deceased by her son, Mark Raymond McDonald, and her father and mother, James and Cora McPhillips (Fairchild), and her older sister and brother-in-law Marie and Harry Tiede.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Brigid of Kildare on Thursday, November 14th at 11 am with Fr. Andy Booms officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, November 13th, at Smith-Miner Funeral home between the hours of 4 and 7 pm with a vigil service commencing at 6:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be given to Saved By God’s Grace Ministry or Heartland Hospice.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the McDonald family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Condolence Messages

  1. Midland County Sheriff's Office

    13 November 2019 2 years ago

    We are truly sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers and thoughts help comfort you.

  2. MPD

    13 November 2019 2 years ago

    Thoughts and Prayers to the McDonald family from the Midland Police Department.

  3. James and Julie Lynch

    13 November 2019 2 years ago

    I grew up with John in my kindergarten class so Phyllis was like a second mother to me at times!! Now she’s up in heaven reunited with her son Mark and my mother Dorothy where they can look down with God and make sure things are going right!!! Lots of love from the Lynches – Rest In Peace Phyllis!! Jim Julie Miranda Cullen and Kennedy Lynch.

  4. Katie Ledergerber

    12 November 2019 2 years ago

    Paul and Tracy – So sorry for your loss. Peace.

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